Tottenham vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Tottenham vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

The opening match of the Premier League weekend will see Tottenham host Newcastle United at Wembley. It will be a fascinating contest as the home side are still struggling with injuries and the visitors will be arriving with a spring in their step. Mauricio Pochettino will view the midweek round of games as a positive, as his team increased their lead on Chelsea and Manchester United while closing the gap on the teams above. A title challenge remains unlikely, but …
Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea will welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the late kickoff. The hosts will be looking to put an end to their difficulties at home with a positive result against a club led by one of their former managers. Rafa Benitez wasn’t a popular figure in West London and he will be desperate to inflict defeat on his previous employers. In the past, this was a competitive fixture, but the visitors have fallen behind the top clubs …
Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The first half of the Premier League ends on Boxing Day and the league leaders Liverpool will host their beloved former manager Rafa Benitez’s current team – Newcastle United. As is usually the case in this league, it is a fixture that Liverpool can ill-afford to lose as Manchester City lurk just four points behind and for the Magpies, a point or three from Anfield would put more distance between them and the relegation turmoil. At this stage, Liverpool would …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle from the Drop Again?

A little under three years since he left the biggest club in the world, Rafa Benitez finds himself stuck in a Premier League relegation battle for the second year running. Last season, the Spanish coach steered the Magpies to safety with some astute tactical performances and it seemed the only way was up. But then came the summer transfer window. The three promoted clubs all outspent Newcastle. Fulham splashed £105m, Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £59m and Cardiff, favourites for the drop, …
VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League resumes after the European exploits in midweek as two struggling football clubs will be united at Old Trafford on Saturday - to see if either of them could put the other one out of their misery. Manchester United have already reached a crucial juncture in the season where some big decisions need to be made - here and now - to completely restructure the way they operate and align themselves with the best-run football clubs in the …
Newcastle Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle Vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Newcastle have had an extremely difficult start to the season. They've already had to play Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham and lost to all three of them. Those three matches along with their draw against Cardiff City has left them with one point from their first four matches. Now they face Arsenal. The Gunners were very poor away from home last season and, while they may have won, were not convincing in their performance away to Cardiff City. Arsenal are …
Toxic Atmosphere Could Doom Newcastle

Toxic Atmosphere Could Doom Newcastle

Newcastle had a disappointing summer in the transfer market, failing to make the significant investment needed to kick on after a solid first term back in the Premier League. Owner Mike Ashley has once again come under fire from supporters for failing to provide funds for a manager at St James’ Park. The Magpies’ net spend in the summer was -£20m as the club generated a profit from the sales of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, while Chancel Mbemba, Matz …
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